A braid is defined as three or more strands of material mechanically intertwined in such a manner that no two materials are twisted around one another. Even though hair is most commonly thought about when talking about braiding, it’s not the only thing. Materials vary based on need, but can include textile yarns, wires, or fibers. Typical fibers include aramid, carbon, polypropylene, ceramics, fiberglass, and various other natural and synthetic fibers and thermoplastics.
The benefits of braiding include an even distribution of weight throughout the braided material, which enhances impact resistance. Also, interlaminar adhesion in braided structures enables the layers to move together, which helps to prevent cracks.
Due to the great amount of energy a braid can absorb, they are used today in things such as crash structures in Formula One race cars. They are also used in prosthetics and hockey sticks due to their conformity abilities.
Braids are also not limited to one size. They can be manufactured in many different lengths, widths, and diameters. This gives us the ability to truly get all of the benefits we can from braids and braided textiles.
There are many different kinds of braiding machines out there. These include the horn gear braider, such as the maypole braider or the square braider, the Wardwell rapid braider, track and column braider, and automatic high-speed braiding machines. These are all machines that produce different kinds of braids.
Fletcher Industries has been providing support to the textile industry for over 150 years, offering Ratera braiding machinery for the efficient manufacture of braided rope, cords, over-braid, and medical structures. We back all installations with the highest level of customer service and technical support. For more information call us at (910) 692-7133.